Sughrue Mion Advances 4 to Partner

Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce the elevation to partnership of Ellen Resnick SmithAzy S. KokabiTravis Ribar and Christopher J. Bezak. We congratulate each of them for their high level of client service, teamwork and commitment to the practice of intellectual property law.

Ellen Resnick Smith is a 1997 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Smith provides extensive patent counseling for clients ranging from large multi-national corporations to small business ventures. Her counseling includes freedom-to-operate, infringement, and validity opinions. She has substantial experience providing her clients with
strategic advice for developing and protecting their intellectual property portfolios, including developing strategies for establishing, protecting, preserving and enforcing those patent rights in the U.S. and abroad. 

Mrs. Smith’s practice encompasses the entire period of prosecution of a patent, from the initial drafting of the application to conducting oral hearings to the Board of Appeals. Her technical experience in the broad spectrum of mechanical arts ranges from fiber-optic connectors to athletic shoe designs to off-shore oil rigs. Examples of Ms. Smith's diverse technological prosecution experience includes medical devices, semiconductors, aircraft structure and operation, underground mining technologies, vehicle system management and devices, farm and construction equipment, cosmetic packaging, waste recycling management and oil/petroleum technologies. 

Azy Kokabi is a 2005 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Kokabi focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation in Federal Courts, with particular experience in Hatch-Waxman patent infringement litigations. She has also drafted and negotiated numerous licenses and settlement agreements involving universities, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Ms. Kokabi, a registered patent attorney, has served as counsel in multiple interferences and inter partes review proceedings. 

Ms. Kokabi also prosecutes patent applications covering biotechnology and medical devices, and has been involved in a number of reexamination proceedings and reissue applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining Sughrue Mion, Ms. Kokabi worked at a boutique law firm, where she focused on interference practice. She also served at the USPTO as an Examiner, where she was responsible for examining patent applications related to medical devices and surgical bandages and interned for the Honorable Judge Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Travis Ribar is a 2006 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Ribar practices in all areas of intellectual property law with a focus on rendering opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity, including due diligence and product clearance analysis, as well as on the litigation of intellectual property matters, including reexamination practice. 

A former Patent Examiner at the USPTO, he also counsels and assists clients in the procurement of both U.S. and foreign patents, which includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. 
Mr. Ribar specializes in the areas of photoresist formulations and applications, rubber compositions, plastics and adhesives, membranes, medical and drug delivery devices, display devices, semiconductor materials, food compositions, polymeric materials, and the chemical arts. 

Christopher Bezak is a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Bezak practices in the firm's Electrical and Internet E-Commerce & Software Practice Groups. He is involved in drafting and prosecuting patent applications involving software, computer hardware, telecommunications, Internet technologies, business methods, and electrical technologies. 

Mr. Bezak has significant IT industry experience for a software/IT/telecommunication company during which time he administered the design and maintenance of customer networks including data storage solutions, data backup solutions and data security.